North Quad Programming is very excited to present the next exhibition in Space 2435, Reword, which will be up from Monday, January 7 – Friday, January 18, 2013. The exhibition is a collaboration between artists Parisa Ghaderi (b. Tehran, Iran) and Reed Esslinger (b. St. Paul, MN, USA). Parisa is a current graduate student at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, while Reed graduated from the same program in May 2012. An exhibition reception will take place on Friday, January 11 from 7-9pm. All are welcome to attend.
Description: Working in collaboration, artists Parisa Ghaderi and Reed Esslinger have created moments of pause along the journey of immigration. They are interested in what happens to language itself when encountering a foreign culture; however banal or basic the language used may be, the margin for misinterpretation or exaggeration can be wide. Each reflecting on her personal experiences of decoding gibberish, navigating social circumstances, and coming to terms with the internal transformation of living an extended period of time abroad, Ghaderi and Esslinger’s work emerges at the intersections of their respective experiences of being alien.
About the Artists:
Parisa Ghaderi’s work ranges from graphic design and photography to installation and metal work. As an Iranian woman living in the US, she reflects her experience through her creative practice, and provokes serious questions around identity and women’s issues.
Reed Esslinger’s work takes many forms, (sculpture, installation, video, writing, etc.) but almost always involves fibers and theatre. Having spent 3 years living on Réunion Island, an Outer Seas Department of France in the Indian Ocean, Reed’s interest in the island’s linguistic and cultural creolization have led to visual metaphors for the elusive process of relinquishing, adding, and transforming parts of one’s identity. She ultimately loves stories- whether absorbing, recording, or recounting them, and sees teaching as a natural occasion for mutual authorship and exploration.